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Pastor Lukus Counterman

Pastor Lukus Counterman

Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision

God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.

John - That You May Believe
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
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48 mins 39 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - From the beginning of the signs that Christ performed, he was displaying his glory (John 2:11). He was revealing the Father through his words and works yet he received no general credence. This reluctance to come to the light was shown by the very people who had been prepared over the centuries for the coming of the light. So, what happened? Did Jesus fail in his mission to the world? In the closing of John 12, the apostle takes time to answer that question. In spite of way Jesus was rejected, John highlights his radiance and presents one final public call for people to be redeemed. 79npx9uq
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
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56 mins 37 secs
John 12:20-36 is unique among the Gospels. The narrative describes a group of Greeks coming to celebrate Passover and they request an audience with Jesus. They want to “see” him. But when the disciples inquire about the potential interview, Christ does not appear to directly address the request. He begins to talk about how his “hour has come.” What does that mean? The hour has come for what? Jesus goes on to describe his death on the cross. Upon closer inspection, the discourse does concern the Greeks. If the Gentiles were ever going to truly “see” Jesus, then he needed to be crucified and glorified. Jesus’ death was necessary before the full-fledged Gentile mission could begin. And so, when Jesus speaks of “the hour” or “the time” he is introducing a major event in the redemptive history of mankind – namely, the cross. May the Lord teach us of his sacrifice, death, and glory this morning as we reflect on his crucifixion.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
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49 mins 26 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Jesus is worthy enough to be extravagantly anointed as king on a throne but loving enough to be prepared for death on a cross. Christian discipleship involves humble service to the King, valuing all things and activities by their ability to express honor to Christ. In John 12 we see some of the key elements in a relationship with Jesus – serving, loving, following, and honoring him. May the Lord teach us to be rightly related to him.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
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52 mins 32 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - As tensions rise in Jerusalem, Jesus becomes a dividing line. His person and works disrupt the status quo such that people must choose to receive him or reject him. The religious leaders feel threatened by this miracle worker, so they seek to make Jesus a scapegoat and have him killed before Rome abolishes their privilege and freedom. They thought that getting rid of Jesus would stabilize Judaism and destroy Christianity, but in the end, it accomplished the exact opposite. The death of Jesus unified his followers and formed a new community known as the church. Jewish nationalism backfired and Rome eventually destroyed the temple and overran Jerusalem. Here in John 11, we encounter a turning point, one that highlights the ultimate significance of Jesus’ death.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
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52 mins 19 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John 11-12 form the conclusion of Jesus’ public ministry. He is done speaking publically, and his last public acts will sufficiently show who he is and what he’s about. The healing of Lazarus is the sixth sign in the gospel account which serves as a clear demonstration of the truth that Jesus is the Son of God who gives life. In this miracle, the people receive further visible evidence of Jesus’ invisible nature. He is the resurrection and the life, the one who has defeated death and who uses the sufferings of sin for his good purposes and glory.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
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Speaker: Lukus Counterman ** Due to technical difficulties, an audio recording is not available for this sermon. The second half of John 10 is carefully set within the symbolic significance of the Feast of Dedication. This was the celebration of God’s redemptive activity in Israel’s past and a foretaste of God’s redemptive activity in Israel’s future. There was something very different, however at this Feast of Dedication. Unbeknownst to the Jews, the greatest hero Israel would ever know was at the festival, participating with his people. There was no need to remember “Judas the Hammer,” because Jesus the Son of God was present. He is the Hero of heroes just as he is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
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54 mins 4 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Have you ever felt like no-one sees you? No-one hears you when you need help? No-one cares that you are hurting? The disciples saw the blind man only to ask about sin. The Pharisees never even really looked at the man. They couldn’t even positively identify his face, even after years of walking by him. But Jesus saw him, Jesus knew him, Jesus corrected people’s view of him, and ultimately corrected the man’s view of God. What’s your view of God today? What’s God’s view of you?
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
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43 mins 9 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - As the judge of humanity, Jesus serves as the plaintiff who charges the world guilty of sin and declares it convicted to death. Yet as the Savior of the world, Jesus takes the sin of the world upon him and fulfills in his body the death that the world deserves. True discipleship is the transfer from darkness to light, from lies to truth, from enslavement to freedom, and from death to life. All that is possible in Christ.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
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50 mins 37 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Chapter 8 continues Jesus’ declaration of who He is. At the Feast of Tabernacles, part of the liturgy was very probably Zechariah 14:5b-8 (. . . And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but at evening time where shall be light. On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem. . .) Jesus had stood up during the Feast of Tabernacles, first declaring, “I am the living water.” Then in our text for today (John chapter 8), He declares, “I am the Light of the World.” Jesus’ statements were very clear connections to OT prophecies. He was claiming to be the Savior and promised Messiah.